The inter-governmental relations of Expo '88

Carroll, Peter (1994). The inter-governmental relations of Expo '88 PhD Thesis, School of Political Science & International Studies, The University of Queensland.

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Author Carroll, Peter
Thesis Title The inter-governmental relations of Expo '88
School, Centre or Institute School of Political Science & International Studies
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1994
Thesis type PhD Thesis
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Supervisor -
Total pages 533
Language eng
Subjects 1605 Policy and Administration
Formatted abstract

The primary aim of this thesis is to examine the intergovernmental relations of a specialised, international exposition. Expo'88. In addition, a number of arguments are examined in relation to the nature of international expositions.


The thesis covers the period from 1978 to 1989, and examines the relationships between the federal government and the Queensland state government, the Queensland state government and the Brisbane City Council, and the impact of the international dimension upon those relationships.


The thesis reaches a number of conclusions:

1) That the official, formal view of the purpose of international expositions is largely incorrect. It is argued that the purpose is, primarily, to stimulate economic development. In the case of Expo'88 those purposes were, specifically, urban redevelopment and tourism.

2) That international expositions come to have significant political dimensions.

3) That the complexity of Australian inter-governmental relations is inadequately represented in the literature.

4) In particular, that:

      4.1 both federal and state governments often do not act as homogenous, unified entities;

      4.2 that the influence of sub-national governments is neglected and usually under- estimated, especially in the case of Brisbane City Council;

      4.3 that the impact of the international dimension upon inter-governmental relations is important, and neglected, as illustrated by the role of the      
      Commissioner-General for Expo'88;

      4.3 that the inter-governmental relations of tourism has been neglected;

      4.4 that the inter-governmental relations of tourism as characterised by Expo'88 is one of intense competition between state governments, and      
      considerable complexity, a complexity arising from the nature of tourism as an area of economic activity.
Keyword Expo '88 (Brisbane, Qld.)
Exhibitions -- Queensland -- Brisbane.
Intergovernmental fiscal relations -- Australia.
Additional Notes The author has given permission for this thesis to be made open access.

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